First, I voted again for Barack Obama for President as I did in the last election, even though I did have a great but perverse curiosity about exactly which Mitt Romney we would have elected and what he might actually have done since he never bothered to tell us in all his confusing man of a thousand faces schtick!
But today we started to hear echoes of the same unproductive patterns from Obama taking shape, as four years ago. In his first term he ignored the economy and was going to tackle health care - mistake according to almost everyone ... "bipartisanly". Now this term it is immigration that is the wild goose chase. Instead of taking on the economy with some kind of vision and making an effort to do "something".
The sad part is while Obamacare took up so much of all of our time talking about, and the government's time doing nothing about, the plan itself is only slightly better than nothing for most people. It's very good for those people who can make use of it, and for that I am glad, but it does not solve the problem of health care costs or coverage. And the greatest irony is that it came from his opponent ... it's really Romneycare!
But even weirder, or maybe not, Romney who purported to care about small business never mentioned once that one of the biggest problems of small business is not being able to afford to give health care coverage to their employees and the whole linkage of health care to employment in the first place. Extending Medicare while allowing the health insurance companies to compete on supplemental basis that might spur research and innovation while covering everyone would solve that. But I digress....
I'd like it to be different but Obama's pattern seems set pretty well. He gives speeches, and his election night speech was more or less warmed over nothing, the same speech he gave four years ago, no red states, not blue states, United States. Not really United States, in fact less United States than four years ago, nevertheless a country that elected him President in order to lead. Not a red President, not a blue President, not even a purple President, a President that is threading to be clear and just sit his job out.
What Obama seems to do most is to fritter around, talk, attend media events until whatever crisis is overcome by events and he then the mess all crashes down wherever it is going to and the wreckage is what he calls compromise or spins as reaching across the aisle.
Does anyone agree with this, and better yet, is there a way to prevent "nothing" from happening again by sending the President emails urging him to lead and take the "bully pulpit" instead of timidly hiding behind hit? I realize he had virtually the same issues with Congress that he did last time, but we all know last time did not work, so he should have the guts and diligence to try something different. What can he do?